Benefits of Pet Therapy for Seniors - St Augustine Health Ministries

May 19, 2023

Benefits of Pet Therapy for Seniors

Studies show that pet therapy:

  • Improves motor development and communication
  • Improves social skills
  • Reduces risk of depression and anxiety
  • Reduces feelings of loneliness
  • Increases ability to show gentleness and caring
  • Increases self-esteem and confidence
  • Instills a sense of purpose

Mike, from Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs, Inc., has been volunteering here for over a year now, bringing along with him his two pups Macee and Rosie. Throughout the past year, Mike and his beloved dogs have been getting to know our residents, working with them on their range of motion, movement, and improving overall sociability.

We are so grateful for our volunteers who go the extra mile to truly celebrate companionship, well-being, and promote quality of life for all our residents – we feel so very blessed to have you as a part of our ministry!

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